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Juan Gomez, CENTRO president and CEO

CENTRO tangled in MassHealth audit finding $300k in illegitimate payments |  The payments, made by MassHealth to the Worcester-based human services provider CENTRO (formerly Centro Las Americas Inc.), covered services that clients received through the home health program or other providers, according to the audit that examined CENTRO’s activities from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2015.

With CTHRU state officials eye greater transparency in government |  “We’ve literally cut out not just the middle man, we’ve cut out a whole group and a layer of bureaucracy around those public records requests that is going to allow just free access and open access to the data and that is what makes us, both the comptroller’s office and Massachusetts, unique,” Thomas Shack, state comptroller, said.

Secretary of State William F. Galvin talks up the upcoming state primary.

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Secretary of State William F. Galvin talks up the upcoming state primary.

VIDEO: Galvin on election |  Watch and listen (during your lunch break) as Bill Galvin, secretary of state, gets you fired up to vote in tomorrow’s state primary.

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UMass Medical School

Editorial: Health care in Bay State among the best, and worst |  The Bay State is rich in health care resources. It has world class hospitals, more doctors per capita than any state in the union and the highest percentage of insured residents. Those positive numbers belie the lower-than-expected rank in a recent ranking of health care by state. We look at what is holding back the state.


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 91]: The Tom Brady Effect |  Football fans around these parts have gotten awful used to a certain cleft-chinned quarterback leading their beloved Patriots into another season of title hopes and general gridiron greatness. It’s the Patriot Way, after all. Tip-toeing around the truth, some might argue, is also another fine tradition of an organization that has otherwise been a bellwether for the modern NFL. So it is — at least as far as the courts are concerned — that Tom Brady will miss the first four weeks of the season, which could leave many of those hooked on ol’ No. 12 to seek unhealthy remedies. Hitch prescribes to his own line of thinking on this.

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Inbox [Sept. 7]: WPI Tech Girls registration open, YWCA adds abuse support group, WPL Foundation to honor Holy Cross, Worcester-based fund manager forms alliance |  Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.

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Rejon Taylor-Foster

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Rejon Taylor-Foster

Local Business Spotlight: Maximum capacity: Hard-working Becker student crashes Bravehearts all-star party
The lead developer of the video game Bravehearts Derby never misses a chance to improve his skills. In doing so, the Becker College senior-to-be is showing the drive, personality and perspective of an entrepreneur. The keys? Making the most of the fact that there are 24 hours in a day and that it could be gone tomorrow. Meet Rejon Taylor-Foster, the guy you wish you were at 21.

The app was developed by Taylor-Foster and a team of Becker student developers.

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The app was developed by Taylor-Foster and a team of Becker student developers.

Bravehearts Derby app a blast for fans, home run for MassDiGI developers
Last summer the Worcester Bravehearts pitched the idea of an app to connect them to their fans base. The students at MassDiGI’s Summer Innovation Program took over from there, creating an addictive game that is also a marketing vehicle for the city’s baseball team.

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